Report: Palace to scoop England World Cup outcast

The Crystal Palace Eagle

After relegation from the Premier League and receiving a World Cup snub, the Eagles are ready to deliver John Ruddy some good news, a report suggests.

Crystal Palace are ready to launch a £5m bid for Norwich City and England goalkeeper John Ruddy, according to reports.

Palace are supposedly preparing for life without long-standing keeper Julian Speroni, who is thought to have attracted the attention of Hull City and newly promoted Leicester.

Ruddy was relegated with Norwich City on the final day of the season on Sunday, but hoped his own campaign could be rescued by a call up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup.

But Ruddy will only be on standby for the plane to Brazil, as Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Fraser Forster all make the squad. The 27-year-old was one of Norwich’s top performers in what was an eventually miserable season, making 38 appearances.

Crystal Palace meanwhile still have Welsh international goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey on their books. The former Wolves shot-stopper has plenty of Premier League experience, but is not fancied by boss Tony Pulis to fill the vacancy permanently.

As the Eagles seek a number one keeper for their second consecutive Premier League season, the issue of the manager’s future is still a case yet to be sorted. Tony Pulis came in to Selhurst Park back in November, and eventually rescued the club who looked sure to be relegated by steering them to an eleventh place finish.

Pulis’ management has earned bundles of praise for the Welshman, but still admits he has to talk to the Palace board regarding his position next season.

“I’m not after power; there are just certain things that have to go on to make clubs successful.” He said.

“I had a good chat with Steve last Thursday, we will meet again this week and just go through things.”

As Pulis prepares to sort out his future at the club, John Ruddy will almost certainly be up for a move back to the Premier League to give him some positive news at the end of a disappointing season.

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